Thursday, August 19, 2010


Song: Hands
Artist: The Ting Tings
Album: Massage Kunst

Love them or hate them, The Ting Tings certainly made an impression just about everywhere with their debut album "We Started Nothing" back in 2008.  From the runway to the underground, then to pop radio, and then everywhere... their singles "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and "That's Not My Name" were infectious, crazy sing-along-able, and to some... downright annoying.  Personally I loved it all, and with six total singles, the album had some serious legs.

So it has been with much anticipation that I get to hear their first single from their sophomore set, "Massage Kunst." (Kunst is "art" in German.)  "Hands," the first single, is less pep-rally ra-ra like their biggest hits, a synth-y dance number that really takes hold when the chorus kicks in.  It starts with the 80's synths, and you hear a male voice do the opening line from Bowie's "Let's Dance," which I thought was cool.  The beat kicks in, but only half-way... as again things really go at the chorus.  The song is mixed by Calvin Harris, who is a bit restrained here... though he didn't produce it.  Wikipedia notes that the album was produced by Jules De Martino, the other half of the band, who also produced the debut.

I've listened to the song a couple of times and am really starting to dig it.  The album is due by years end and apparently is inspired by the cold Berlin weather it was created in.  Might just be the thing to get ya through the winter.




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